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Reconciliation and Religio-Political Non-Conformism in Zimbabwe: Reviews of Joram Tarusarira’s Book

The ‘Religion Factor’ blog has published two reviews of a new book by Joram Tarusarira, Reconciliation and Religio-Political Non-Conformism in Zimbabwe (Routledge, 2016). Tarusarira is Assistant Professor in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. I am the author of one of the reviews, ‘Can Religion Promote Reconciliation in Zimbabwe?’ As some readers […]

“Essential reading for anyone involved in Christian Church leadership in Ireland in 2016”: Steve Stockman Reviews Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland

Rev Steve Stockman, the minister at Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast, has reviewed my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity.  Writing on his blog Soul Surmise, he says: For 20 years I have watched, and wrestled pastorally and missionally with what I have seen, as the spiritual landscape of Ireland changed out […]

Is Reconciliation Possible after Violent Conflict? Analysing Christian Peacebuilders and their Promotion of Reconciliation

Last week I presented a lecture at the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain (CRCPD) at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands titled, ‘Is Reconciliation Possible after Violent Conflict? Analysing Christian Peacebuilders and their Promotion of Reconciliation.’ The lecture drew primarily on my research in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Zimbabwe. An […]

Review of Sub-Saharan Africa Between Conflict and Reconciliation by Rita Schafer on Welt-Sichten

Sub-Saharan Africa Between Conflict and Reconciliation, an edited volume for which Joram Tarusarira and I wrote a chapter, has been reviewed by Rita Schafer on the German language website Welt-Sichten. Schafer praises the book for providing ‘some impetus to the debate on reconciliation in societies that have suffered violent conflict.’ But she also points out […]

Review of Religion in Times of Crisis in Numen, by Chaminda Weerawardhana

A book I co-edited with Heidemarie Winkel and Christophe Monnot, Religion in Times of Crisis (Brill 2014), has been reviewed in Numen (Vol 62, pp. 484-486, 2015) by Chaminda Weerawardhana from Queen’s University Belfast. Weerawardhana also spoke at the launch of the book at the European Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Research Network’s bi-annual meeting in Belfast in […]

Discovery Gospel Choir to Perform Juneteenth, 13 June in Belfast

Discovery Gospel Choir, a Dublin-based group featuring 35 members from nations across the world, in partnership with Christian Aid, will perform Juneteenth: 150 Years of Freedom – a concert to celebrate the ending of slavery in the United States, on Saturday 13 June at 8 pm in Fisherwick Presbyterian, Belfast. Tickets can be purchased at the door for […]

Rev Emmanuel Murangira on Reconciliation and Forgiveness at the Irish Churches Peace Project Conference – To Speak tomorrow at Whitehouse Presbyterian

Rev Emmanuel Murangira, currently the country director for Tearfund in Rwanda, was Thursday evening’s keynote speaker at the Irish Churches Peace Project (ICPP) ‘Faithful Peacebuilding’ conference at the Hilton in Templepatrick. Murangira shared his experiences of the Rwandan genocide and reflected on the human capacity to forgive. (Murangira also told his story at the 2014 New […]

Between Africa and the West by Sahr John Yambasu – An African Minister Reflects on Life in Ireland: Book Review

Have you ever wondered how Ireland looks through the eyes of someone who has travelled thousands of miles and made their home on these shores? Rev Dr Sahr John Yambasu, a native of Sierra Leone who is now a minister in the Methodist Church in Ireland, offers some illuminating perspectives on such an experience in […]

Aidan Donaldson Book Review – Come Follow Me: Recalling the Dangerous Memory of Jesus and the Church Today

If you are looking for inspiration for a faith that gets up on its feet and lives out in the world, a good source is the latest book by Dr Aidan Donaldson, Come Follow Me: Recalling the Dangerous Memory of Jesus and the Church Today (Columba, 2012). Donaldson is chaplain at St Mary’s Christian Brothers’ […]

Religion in Times of Crisis Launched at the Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Meeting

Religion in Times of Crisis (Brill 2014) edited by myself, Heidemarie Winkel and Christophe Monnot, was unveiled last week at the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) annual meeting in San Francisco. The book is the 24th in ASR’s “Religion and the Social Order” series and was marked with a launch by series editor […]